Governor Gray Davis of California signed SB 274, the American Knife and Tool Institute-sponsored bill that further clarifies the definition of a one-hand opening knife so they are not wrongly classified as switchblades, which are banned in California if they are two inches or more in blade length.
A New York Bill banning 4-inch knives is apparently on hold. The bill is of concern to AKTI because it deals with “possession” of a certain class of knife based on blade length.
The American Knife and Tool Institute unveiled its new Legislative Action Plan at the 2001 S.H.O.T. Show in New Orleans. The annual trade gathering also marked the third anniversary of AKTI.
In a legal decision that effectively reverses decades of legal sales of automatic knives in the State of Florida, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has effectively banned the manufacture, sale or possession of automatic or switchblade knives in the state.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden held a town-hall style meeting with employees and toured the facilities of Benchmade Knife Co. He later met with Benchmade President Les de Asis and other executives from AKTI member companies in Oregon.